AE Staff

Ann Talbott Brown

Director of Arts Education
ann.brown@tn.gov or 615-532-5939

Ann Talbott Brown, Director of Arts Education, joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2009. She manages seven grant categories, two arts integration programs, a statewide arts education conference, Poetry Out Loud, and the Teaching Artist Roster. She has served as a panelist or reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, and Kentucky Arts Council.

Before joining the Commission, Ann worked with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Willamette Valley Music Festival, Southern Illinois Music Festival, and university arts programs in Oregon and Illinois. Before that, she served as a licensed K-12 music educator. Her interests are in supporting state arts leaders to improve policy and practice and increasing opportunities for educators and students through professional development and grants.

Ann holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.